Growing green beans

Growing green beans is an easy way to significantly improve your overall health.

With the abundance of research coming out about how our reliance on animal sources for protein, and especially red meat, is one of the main causes of cancer, we should all be thinking of alternatives.

Cancer doesn't just happen to other people; it can happen to you and me if we break the rules. And that means more legumes in the diet.



Recent research from the Harvard School of Public Health, after following nearly 30,000 cancer free men for 15 years, found that those who ate an average of 2.5 eggs plus per week or more had an 81 percent higher risk of developing advanced prostate CA compared with men who ate only a half or less.

Now, whilst one could shoot holes in that research, it does make one realise that too much animal protein creates an awesome cancer risk.

What's the problem with that research? Well, men who eat less than half an egg per week, are likely to be health nuts. They are probably also into oats and fish, for breakfast for their protein,  Boston baked beans and hummus for lunch, and tofu for supper, all five of which give protection against cancer.

Another interesting thought is whether men who ate fried eggs and bacon were affected in the same way as those who enjoyed eggs Florentine; on a bed of spinach. And was there a difference between those enjoying the eggs from pasture fed hens, and caged hens fed on a diet high in hormones?

It's only an anecdote, and of no clinical significance, but my urologist phoned me recently, astonished, to report my PSA was only 0.9; that's dangerously low! I eat seven eggs a week at least, but zero processed meat and a heap of dark green leafy vegetables. We are growing green beans of one sort or another year round in our garden. I think that Harvard research needs to be revisited.

Even the American Heart Association is now recommending more eggs, particularly for the choline, so deficient in many diets; it prevents homocysteine from damaging the inner lining of the arteries.



Growing green beans

Growing green beans is essential with all the research about animal protein causing breast and prostate cancer; think legumes, recommends Chiropractic Help.

All beans are full of vegetable protein, phytosterols too, WHAT ARE PHYTOSTEROLS? and really are very easy to grow, even in the smallest garden.

Betaine and choline are phytochemicals found in green beans that protect the cells against oxidative damage by reactive oxygen species. Researchers at FAO have been busy.


Ignore the spinach plant in the foreground below; I left it for seed. This is the trellis on which I grew my first crop of pole beans.

The advantage of a movable trellis like this is that you aren't growing your legumes year after year in the same soil; they definitely demand crop rotation.


  • Pole Beans

Pole beans take a little more work the first season, making the teepee for them to grow on, but thereafter you'll be well pleased. But you could just plant three seeds every week, to grow up any fence, pole, bush, anything that will support the plants, and you'll have green beans right through the summer. The advantages of pole beans are:

  • It's easier to weed around them as the foliage is much higher.
  • They bear for a much longer period.
  • The harvest is more than double.
  • They're much easier to reap.
  • They take up much less space, perfect for the small garden.

So...

  1. Clear a piece of ground.
  2. Dig two trenches about 3' (1m) apart.
  3. If you have any compost available, half fill the trench. Otherwise a couple handfuls of fertiliser.
  4. Press your bamboo (or other) canes at least 30 cm into the ground, in two rows about three feet apart.
  5. The poles at the ends need to be deeper and stronger, in case of strong winds.
  6. Roughly two feet between the poles in a row; it's not critical. Angle them towards each other so they form a teepee.
  7. Thread one or two long canes, parallel to the ground, in the V formed by your canes.
  8. Run another cane parallel to the ground in the lower part of the V, and tie the whole structure firmly with heavy twine.
  9. Get your teepee neat and straight and then firmly press the soil around each pole/ cane with your boot.
  10. Plant a seed on either side of each cane, one side of the teepee immediately, and the other side perhaps a month later. We're going to have an abundance of green beans for the whole summer.
  11. I planted a row of radish down the middle. They will be ready (4 weeks) before the beans start to shade them. Remember all veges demand full sun.


Pole beans on a fixed fence

A fixed wire fence for growing your pole beans is obviously more stable, but it's not healthy to plant the same crop, year after year, in the same ground.

After a crop of summer beans last year (below), followed by winter peas, both legumes, I've decided to rotate the crop. This year there is maize growing along this fence, taking advantage of the nitrogen that legumes fix into the soil.


  • Bush beans

Bush beans have only one advantage. They bear much sooner than the pole variety, so growing green beans in the larger garden means planting both a couple rows of bush AND pole beans once the danger of frost is over in early Spring.


Growing green beans (bush) has several disadvantages: with all the stooping to reap and weed them you're going to be visiting the chiropractor more frequently, and they bear for a much shorter season. But the fruit matures a good month earlier.

In the picture below, I've actually planted them right into the compost heap, see how they are thriving? but what you'd normally do is dig a small trench, and half fill it with compost, covering with the soil you dug out.

Sow the seeds about an inch deep, and about 6" apart, in rows about 2 feet apart. (3cm, 15cm, 60cm). Or just dot a few seeds about amongst your annuals. They will fruit in about two months. Sow again about two weeks later. There's no point in planting again a third time as the pole beans will be fruiting by the time your third planting of bush beans are ready to harvest.



Save bean seeds

Remember at the end of the season of growing green beans to keep back a few pods for seed. And keep only the best; those that are shrunken or discoloured will give you miserable plants. Save bean seeds, and you'll be a good few dollars in pocket too.


I'll be adding photos as these pole beans shoot up, every couple weeks. Meantime, you get started with your own! Just three seeds in any sunny part of the small garden is fine; up a rose trellis? Witsa is our favourite variety; avoid Lazy Housewife; it's tasteless.

Some things never cease to amaze. Like a full moon, seen a thousand times, the first bean breaking through the earth is sight to behold, so full of promise.


It's good to grow a quick crop like radish between your slower maturing veggies.


Why all this about growing green beans on a chiropractic help website?

Because nasties from the breast and prostate and, no doubt many other organs, caused by a lack of certain vital anti cancer nutrients like phytogens, have a predilection for the ribs, cervical spine and pelvis. Averting cancer through healthy living tips is at the heart of Chiropractic Help.



Astonishing, one tiny little white seed, and now just eight weeks later we have a 10 foot beanstalk fit for Jack. And in two weeks we'll have fresh green beans, straight from the garden. For interest, I'm going to count how many beans this plant produces. Fifty?

Exercise for the body, commune with Mother Nature and her Creator in the garden, watch the birds and the bees at work, good wholesome food on the table, much less prostate and breast cancer; what more can we possibly ask for than growing green beans?


Mexican bean beetles

Mexican bean beetles can decimate your crop when growing green beans; they reproduce at an astonishing rate, devouring the leaves and biting the beans themselves and ruining them. Look out for the adults and the Mexican bean beetle larvae.

The new crop is up this spring and already a metre high; it's the first year since we acquired hens. So far, so good; there's no sign of the pesky beetles and we're hoping the chickens have scratched out most of the larvae from where they were over-wintering in the mulch.

It's looking like a success story; there are some signs of the Mexican bean beetles, but not the overwhelming damage that destroyed our beans over the last few years. We feel encouraged to plant more this summer.


Healthy living tips

Healthy living tips give you a realistic chance of reaching your eighties with all your marbles and joints intact; growing green beans is only a small part of that, of course, but very significant.

Aside: America and Holland have the highest rates of breast cancer in the world. One is seven women. But it's not Russian roulette - research done in Holland confirms that it's too much animal protein that is the main cause. That and hormones after menopause - don't take them except in VERY EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES. Like severe depression... I don't buy into taking particularly the combi hormones to prevent osteoporosis. Rather walk to strengthen your bones, than get uterine or breast cancer.

Good health is not a matter of chance; nor of good or bad luck, in the main. It's about following the known rules of life, and many of them you'll find at our healthy living tips page. A large part of that initiative is about slowly replacing the red meat in your diet with fish, fowl and legumes; that's where growing green beans comes in.


Breast cancer

The breast cancer health initiative came about when scientists realised one in seven women were suffering from this nasty, often terminal disease; prevention is better than a cure, and growing green beans is part of the solution.

Two very large studies of post-menopausal women taking either estrogen alone, or estrogen plus progestin, were stopped when it became obvious that the risk outweighed any benefits of post-menopausal hormone use. Those risks?

  1. 24% increase in breast cancer
  2. A greater likelihood of metastasis of those malignant tumours
  3. Greater risk of urinary incontinence
  4. Double the risk of ovarian cancer
  5. 29% increased risk of stroke, and a 56% increase rate of death or dependency due to stroke.
  6. heart disease and clots.
  7. Increased risk of all forms of senile dementia including Alzheimers

WALK RATHER, AND EAT A HEALTHY DIET! Try growing green beans.

BREAST CANCER AND PREVENTION ...


I counted 45 tiny bean pods ON ONE PLANT yesterday, and each pod contains half a dozen bean seeds! Growing green beans. Sublime!

A gardener's delight. You've waited three months for them, and here are the first fruits. (Actually a later crop of pole beans planted in midsummer, bore in nine weeks)

I said above that the crop from a climbing bean is double that of a bush bean. But now I reckon that each climbing bean will bear several hundred beans over the next two months. Thirty fold, sixty fold, hundred fold, two hundred fold... there's something biblical about our first fruits!

What could be more rewarding than a basket of fresh, young green beans, straight from the garden? I promise you, growing green beans is very rewarding, and not difficult; the worst is having to wait about two to three months.


Boil them hard for two to three minutes, depending on how crunchy you like them. Can you see the steam escaping from the pot?


Make up a sauce for the fruit of all that Growing Green Beans; start with a good slosh of olive oil benefits and pour in just a tad of the bean water, add salt, and perhaps a teaspoon of raw honey, and dribble the juice from the fruit of growing lemon trees to which I like to add a finely chopped clove of garlic and a touch of very finely chopped chilli. Some like it hot! How to grow chilli

Choline

Choline is a very important vitamin; the average Western diet contains less than the half the recommended amount. Whilst eggs are the richest, a cup of green beans has about one fifth of that in an egg; we need to look to all choline food sources to significantly increase our intake.


Growing lima beans

First cousin, but much less well known, is the lima bean. Elsewhere we'll compare their nutritional benefits, but limas have one big disadvantage over the common runner bean: like most peas, you have to pod them. That's time-consuming, but we add the lima because you simply can't buy them, and for variation they are an excellent bean. I've tried making green bean succotash recipes and, whilst they are nutritionally and for taste excellent, it's not the real McCoy. Give me real sufferin' succotash with limas and corn. GROWING LIMA BEANS ...

Macular degeneration

Macular degeneration is a serious and oft completely unnecessary cause of blindness in the older person; it's caused by a deficiency of two carotenes called lutein and zeaxanthin. The good news is that growing green beans is a large part of the solution.

  • Lutein benefit
  • Zeaxanthin macular degeneration

Nitrogen for the soil

One other not unimportant benefit of legumes are their ability to put nitrogen back into the soil. Actually it's nitrogen fixation bacteria that live in little nodules on the roots of legumes like green beans and limas that produce the nitrogen. Nitrogen is vital for us; it's the basis of the amino acids in our bodies, and vital for other plants in the garden.

Growing green beans, growing lima beans, more chickpeas and lentils... they all improve your health and with a bit of imaginative cooking are delicious.


Prostate cancer

Selenium is a vital element in the fight against prostate cancer. Growing green beans makes an important contribution in reducing red meat and increasing the elements like selenium for your prostate gland health.


Chiropractic

Why on earth is there a page on growing green beans at chiropractic help? It's simple; prostate and breast cancer spread to the bones and can walk into a chiropractor's office on any day.



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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.  

10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.



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